Landscapes and Interiors with Figures
04 - 26 July 2015
Probably the earliest and most remarkable of the style of painting which provided the genesis of this exhibition was that of Pieter Bruegel the Elder in the Sixteenth Century. Bruegel and the many great artists who succeeded him,in contrast to the history painting which preceded them, brought a more observational, humanistic and sometimes witty approach which in time became known as genre painting.
In presenting this exhibition, which could be regarded as that of a contemporary version of genre painting, I have chosen five noted artists who excel in this field and whose work reflects many facets of everyday life with the figure featuring in either the landscape or an interior.
Enjoy the exhibition and revel in its diversity
"The figure has always been an important element in my painting. Sometimes it is the beautiful action and movement that attracts me, sometimes as a design element, or as a portrait of an individual.
Sometimes I am attracted by action and movement as my painting of workers, or it may be the pattern of colours of the figures as in the Newtown High Show Band. Creating a likeness and capturing the character of an individual fascinates me . The Stage Designer is a portrait of my friend Tom Bannerman at the New Theatre; Streaming on the other hand, while using my son Bryn as the model, became a study of light moving over the shapes of his face and torso as he sat in an almost fugue state, engrossed. The figure as subject, is infinitely varied and perpetually challenging."
"I have always been fascinated by the human form and my earliest work was just figurative drawing.
Portraiture has been a main feature in my artistic development and I was always inspired by the way Gustav Klimt would integrate his figures into patterns and textures.
In these works I have endeavoured to meld the figures into their environment so they seem unaware that I am observing them and sharing their quiet moments.... I like to sketch whilst on my travels and sometimes use these images to create a narrative with the figures."
Daniel Pata is an astute observer of the human form and condition. Quiet sketches from cafes and quick studies of places visited are often the source material for larger major works. Cafe Greco in Venice has changed little from early times of artists travelling on long journeys sketching the wonders they saw.
Spending time in Etretat in France, Daniel Pata sketched and painted the coastline from different directions becoming fascinated with the moving population of locals and tourists plus an extensive film crew with actors in period costumes silhouetted against the dusk sky.
Over the last six years Victoria Peel has been drawn by the evening light of rural and urban landscapes, exploring space, light and colour.
"The night, when forms are hidden, transforms the commonplace... I am drawn to that sense of mystery".
Victoria’s works often contain a sole figure, acknowledging both the experience of isolation, and the isolation of the act of painting and drawing her immediate environment.
Randall Sinnamon* is a born romantic, surfer and wanderer of the bush looking for pieces of natural forms to make his sculptures. His figure paintings reflect a quintessentially Australian surfer lifestyle and the casuallness of visits to Sid Nolans Beach, the visits of friends to the bushland where he has his studio and the everyday nudity of isolated places of the bush venacular.